Chimpanzee populations are threatened by a range of factors throughout Africa with habitat loss being a significant issue. Forests are being cut down for the timber, mining and farming industries and the resulting fragmentation of the forests results in chimpanzee families becoming isolated which can have dramatic impact on breeding and migration.
Poaching of chimpanzee for the illegal pet trade and the bush meat industry continues to reduce chimpanzee populations. Some wild chimpanzees are also taken for traditional medicines and scientific research.
As humans and chimpanzees are so closely related, chimpanzees are susceptible to the same diseases that affect us. In some parts of Africa, diseases like Ebola haemorrhagic fever have had dramatic impacts on chimp populations.
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